President Obama And The Changing Face Of School Lunches

On Monday, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a $4.5 billion expansion of the school lunch program.  “We’ve seen the connection between what kids eat and how well they perform in school,” he said, speaking at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Northwest Washington. “We need to make sure our kids have the energy and capacity to go toe-to-toe with their peers.”

What the bill will do: (see the fact sheet for a more detailed report)

  • Improve school lunches: check out a proposed sample menu.
  • Give the USDA authority to set nutritional standards for all foods regularly sold in and out of the cafeteria during the school day, including vending machines, the a la carte lunch lines, and school stores.
  • Allow eligible students in high poverty communities greater meal access. Continue reading